Best Quotes about Criticism
If I make a move, like raise my eyebrows, some critic says I'm doing Nicholson. What am I supposed to do, cut off my eyebrows?
Of all the cants which are canted in this canting world -- though the cant of hypocrites may be the worst -- the cant of criticism is the most tormenting!
The whole effort of a sincere man is to erect his personal impressions into laws.
Gourmont, Remy De
It is from the womb of art that criticism was born.
Reviewers are usually people who would have been, poets, historians, biographer, if they could. They have tried their talents at one thing or another and have failed; therefore they turn critic.
Coleridge, Samuel Taylor
Every writer is necessarily a critic -- that is, each sentence is a skeleton accompanied by enormous activity of rejection; and each selection is governed by general principles concerning truth, force, beauty, and so on. The critic that is in every fabulist is like the iceberg -- nine-tenths of him is under water.
Though by whim, envy, or resentment led, they damn those authors whom they never read.
In most modern instances, interpretation amounts to the philistine refusal to leave the work of art alone. Real art has the capacity to make us nervous. By reducing the work of art to its content and then interpreting that, one tames the work of art. Interpretation makes art manageable, conformable.
Genuine polemics approach a book as lovingly as a cannibal spices a baby.
A critic is a reader who ruminates. Thus, he should have more than one stomach.
Having a sharp tongue will cut your throat
Writing criticism is to writing fiction and poetry as hugging the shore is to sailing in the open sea.
When I am abroad, I always make it a rule to never criticize or attack the government of my own country. I make up for lost time when I come home.
I remember when I was in college, people told me I couldn't play in the NBA. There's always somebody saying you can't do it, and those people have to be ignored.
In an age of unscrupulous and shameless book-making, it is a duty to give notice of the rubbish that cumbers the ground. There is no credit, no real power required for this task. It is the work of an intellectual scavenger, and far from being specially honorable.
Hutton, R. H.
Without the meditative background that is criticism, works become isolated gestures, historical accidents, soon forgotten.
When subjected to the rain of criticism, let?s not curse the rain. Let?s accept it as a part of life. Let?s remember that the more criticism we can successfully handle, the more zest we will experience in our lives.
The rule in carving holds good as to criticism; never cut with a knife what you can cut with a spoon.
Let me walk three weeks in the footsteps of my enemy, carry the same burden, have the same trials as he, before I say one word to criticize.
Before you criticize a man, walk a mile in his shoes. That way, when you do criticize him, you'll be a mile away and have his shoes.
You should never assume contempt for that which it is not very manifest that you have it in your power to possess, nor does a wit ever make a more contemptible figure than when, in attempting satire, he shows that he does not understand that which he would make the subject of his ridicule.
It is impossible to think of a man of any actual force and originality, universally recognized as having those qualities, who spent his whole life appraising and describing the work of other men.
Mencken, H. L.
No man ever got very high by pulling other people down. The intelligent merchant does not knock his competitors. The sensible worker does not work those who work with him. Don't knock your friends. Don't knock your enemies. Don't knock yourself.
Tennyson, Lord Alfred
Unlike other people, our reviewers are powerful because they believe in nothing.
On an occasion of this kind it becomes more than a moral duty to speak one's mind. It becomes a pleasure.
I am sorry to think that you do not get a man's most effective criticism until you provoke him. Severe truth is expressed with some bitterness.
Thoreau, Henry David
In reality, the world have paid too great a compliment to critics, and have imagined them men of much greater profundity than they really are.
Even the lion has to defend himself against flies.
Take heed of critics even when they are not fair; resist them even when they are.
The aim of all commentary on art now should be to make works of art -- and, by analogy, our own experience -- more, rather than less, real to us. The function of criticism should be to show how it is what it is, even that it is what it is, rather than to show what it means.
Post-modernism has cut off the present from all futures. The daily media add to this by cutting off the past. Which means that critical opinion is often orphaned in the present.
Any authentic work of art must start an argument between the artist and his audience.
One of the grotesqueries of present-day American life is the amount of reasoning that goes into displaying the wisdom secreted in bad movies while proving that modern art is meaningless. They have put into practice the notion that a bad art work cleverly interpreted according to some obscure Method is more rewarding than a masterpiece wrapped in silence.
When everyone is against you, it means you are absolutely wrong -- or you are absolutely right.
The great critic must be a philosopher, for from philosophy he will learn serenity, impartiality, and the transitoriness of human things.
Maugham, W. Somerset
Never criticize a man until you've walked a mile in his moccasins.
Native American Proverb
Honest criticism means nothing: what one wants is unrestrained passion, fire for fire.
Self-laudation abounds among the unpolished, but nothing can stamp a man more sharply as ill-bred.
The best criticism doesn't trap an employee or child in a dead end. It gives them an escape route.
He cannot be strict in judging, who does not wish others to be strict judges of himself.
Cicero, Marcus T.
Critics are sentinels in the grand army of letters, stationed at the corners of newspapers and reviews, to challenge every new author.
Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth
Praise or blame has but a momentary effect on the man whose love of beauty in the abstract makes him a severe critic on his own works.
A wise skepticism is the first attribute of a good critic.
Lowell, James Russell
Doubtless criticism was originally benignant, pointing out the beauties of a work rather that its defects. The passions of men have made it malignant, as a bad heart of Procreates turned the bed, the symbol of repose, into an instrument of torture.
Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth
The pleasure we feel in criticizing robs us from being moved by very beautiful things.
La Bruyere, Jean De
Reviewers, with some rare exceptions, are a most stupid and malignant race. As a bankrupt thief turns thief-taker in despair, so an unsuccessful author turns critic.
Shelley, Percy Bysshe
I would rather be attacked than unnoticed. For the worst thing you can do to an author is to be silent as to his works. An assault upon a town is a bad thing; but starving it is still worse.
It is healthier, in any case, to write for the adults one's children will become than for the children one's mature critics often are.
Essays, entitled critical, are epistles addressed to the public, through which the mind of the recluse relieves itself of its impressions.
All my life people have said that I wasn't going to make it.
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